The Torah reading today, 27 Adar II, 5771 (April 2 2011) in the synagogue is called Tazria Leviticus 12:1-13:59.

The month Nissan begins this year on Monday, April 4th at sundown, and Passover begins two week weeks later, on Monday, April 18th (at sundown).

Yesterday I went to a book store I often visit not having realised there was a half-price sale. I’d often looked at The Chumash: The Stone Edition (ArtScroll (Mesorah)), but thought the price too high. Now I’m happy I have this. [Chumash חומש‎ is one of the Hebrew names for the Five Books of Moses, the Pentateuch, the Torah. It usually sets out the Hebrew text of the Torah with vowel points and cantillation marks, separated into its 54 constituent weekly Torah portions (parashiyyot), together with the haftarah for each portion and, often, translations and notes.] The detailed commentary includes the insight of the video above:

The pattern that emerges is that it is a Divine retribution for the offender’s failure to feel the needs and share the hurt of others. God rebukes this anti-social behaviour by isolating him from society, so that he can experience the pain he has imposed on others – and heal himself through repentance. (p.610)

The system of reading the Bible in three years on Saturdays reads part of the Sabbath reading each of the three years. You can find today’s portion and reflection here.

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